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Story Time: Frog and Toad

“Listen, Frog,” said Toad.  “How long have I been asleep?”

“You have been asleep since November,” said Frog.

“Well, then,” said Toad, “a little more sleep will not hurt me.”

(That’s how I feel every morning.)

Story Time: Frog and Toad - Crafts and activities for the picture books

 

I know.  We still have a week till Easter and I could have squeezed one more in.  But the truth is, today is the 13th anniversary of the day I married the most beautiful, caring, loving man in the world and I am going to do a Story Time on a couple of my all-time favorite characters.  Because I can.  Also, yesterday was the first day of spring, so a Frog and Toad Extravaganza is Totally Justified.

I just don’t think there’s a whole lot better than these characters.  Poor, cantankerous Toad and sweet, optimistic Frog are probably the reason I’m a 40-something woman with a deep and abiding love of all things amphibian.  When I was very small, I wished for nothing more than to be part of their world–to visit their little houses, fly kites with them, tend their gardens.  I spent hours and hours and hours with Arnold Lobel’s lovable characters.  Then I did it again with each of my Littles.  Our copies of Frog and Toad have a special place in my curio cabinet with all of my other childhood faves.

Frog and Toad activities

Story Time: Frog and Toad - Crafts and activities for the picture books

Language

I just loved the idea of a frog and a toad who were best friends, talked about everything, shared everything.  Lobel’s books are classic example of personification.  So I thought a free download about personification would be a good English lesson for these books.  personification with frog and toad

Part of the reason Frog and Toad are so great is that they are so different.  Their personalities and character traits are almost opposite of each other.  But they have enough similarities to be the closest of friends (reminds me of me and my bff, Abby). Another great writing lesson to do with Frog and Toad is a character comparison, which could lead to an entire lesson on characterization.  Here’s a Venn Diagram  to get your little started:

frog and toad character comparison

Science

Get your littles outside for a nature study with this one.  Frogs and toads both are out by now, though you’re more likely to see them on warmer days.  If you’re looking for frogs, find a pond, stream, or other water source, but toads can be found just about anywhere.  Find some frog eggs and bring them inside for a full science lesson on life cycles and metamorphosis.  There are excellent directions for this over at Rainy Day Mum (I just love her!).  Also, grab this short unit about frogs and toads, including an observation page and a chart for comparing the two in my subscriber freebies.

learn about frogs and toads

Craft

Frog and Toad Stick Puppet Craft for Story Time: Frog and Toad

Frog and Toad Stick Puppets

These puppets are simple, adorable, and fun.

What you need:

Frog and Toad Stick Puppet Craft for Story Time: Frog and Toad

  • Green, brown, and red construction paper
  • 4 Googly eyes
  • 2 craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Lit Mama’s Frog and Toad Template

What you do:

Frog and Toad Stick Puppet Craft for Story Time: Frog and Toad

  • Use your template to cut out a green frog and a brown toad
  • Cut 2 thin strips of red for the amphibian’s tongues.  Run the flat blade of your scissors down each strip like you do when curling curly ribbon.  When your tongue is curled like you like, you’re done.

Frog and Toad Stick Puppet Craft for Story Time: Frog and Toad

  • Accordion fold the rectangular body strip

Frog and Toad Stick Puppet Craft for Story Time: Frog and Toad

  • Glue googly eyes into place (we used larger eyes for the frog)
  • Glue tongue into place (we made the frog’s tongue longer, too)
  • Glue the head to the top of the folded body.

Frog and Toad Stick Puppet Craft for Story Time: Frog and Toad

  • Glue arms to the back of the body.

Frog and Toad Stick Puppet Craft for Story Time: Frog and Toad

  • Glue legs to back of body.

Frog and Toad Stick Puppet Craft for Story Time: Frog and Toad

 

  • Glue craft stick to bottom of body.

Now your littles can act out the stories as they read!

Food

In Days With Frog and Toad, our friendly amphibians told a ghost story over tea.  There’s nothing quite like warming up with a nice cup of tea, and spring–with its still-cool days–is a great time to do just that!  So gather your littles and throw a tea party!

Throw a tea party for Story Time: Frog and Toad

Tea Party

Pick something yummy and cozy, like chamomile or English breakfast.  Brew up a pot of tea.  Pour it into a nice teapot or fancy pitcher.  Set it on a tray with mugs for your littles.  Include sugar, honey, and cream of milk on the tray.

On a table set with a pretty cloth, display your tea tray.  Add snacks such as cookies, small sandwiches, and fruit wedges to have with your tea.  Make toast and have lots of butter.

Sit down with your littles and pour out tea for each of you, add snacks to each child’s plate, then have a conversation with your kids.  Not about school or chores or other things that need done, but about anything they want to talk about.

Even though my boys are middle-schoolers now, I still love to throw a tea party and reconnect with them.  We just don’t call it that anymore.  We call it…. I don’t know what they call it now.

And I don’t care, as long as they’re still sharing their lives with me.

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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8 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, I love your opening quote so very much!!! Thanks for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this week on Mommynificent.com! Always great to have you!
    Tina
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  2. I love Frog and Toad! Thanks for the ideas on using them in our homeschooling!
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  3. We love Frog and Toad! We’ll have to revisit them this week in honor of spring. Thanks for some fun ideas

  4. Fun! My youngest son and I attempted reading Frog and Toad last year but he got frustrated and we put it aside… I had forgotten about it until now. Thanks for the reminder and all the ideas to go along with it.
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